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By Jamie Stewart
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Richland schools celebrate Reading Across America


Last updated 3/14/2023 at 11:59am | View PDF

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Mayor Chad Givens, with teacher Roya Eubanks and a host of volunteers, in Mrs. Eubanks' kindergarten class.

Schools in the Richland School District celebrated the Reading Across America event last week, with classrooms filled with special guest readers of numerous Dr. Seuss books. The event encourages reading in and out of the classroom and shows that reading is an enjoyable event, not just an educational tool.

Members of the Shafter community came to read to the students, including Mayor Chad Givens, Mayor Pro-Tem Cathy Prout, Shafter High Coach Jerald Pierucci, Pastor Mark Scialabba, Debbie Haley and many other volunteers who made the event a success. At Sequoia Elementary, Principal Janean Johnson, with assistance from Vice Principal Tonia Aguilera, Roya Eubanks and a host of volunteers made the event a fun and exciting one for the students as well as the volunteer readers.

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Students listen and learn as volunteer readers entertained them.

The event was started back in 1998 by the National Education Association to encourage children to read. It later developed into a year-round program, with special celebrations in the month of March.

Organizers wanted to help children and adults alike that reading is an activity that has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for fiction or self-help, or just a good time, there is a book for everything. Reading Across America promotes reading to young children and helps get them reading and developing a good habit at an early stage.

There were a variety of books read at the schools, from numerous Dr. Seuss books, to other popular childrens books that entertained the kids as well as shown what a positive activity reading can be.


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